DePaul vs. Wake Forest Game Preview

Blue Demons travel down to Tobacco Road to take on the Demon Deacons.

Key Information

DePaul Blue Demons vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Tuesday, December 13th, 8:00 p.m. CST Winston-Salem, NC

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Some History

Blue Demons center Wesley Green's father - Kenny Green played for Wake Forest in the 1980's. Wesley's godfather is Delaney Rudd who was Kenny's teammate at Wake. Both names may be familiar to Blue Demons fans.

In the second round of the NCAA tournament in 1984, in what would be legendary DePaul coach Ray Meyer's final game, Rudd hit a shot at the buzzer in regulation that tied the game and sent it to overtime where the Demon Deacons scored a 73-71 victory over DePaul.

DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright spent nine years as an assistant coach at Wake Forest. Under Bob Staak (1986-89) and Dave Odom (1989-94), he learned all about the ACC. Wainwright assisted in recruiting NBA draft picks Chris King (Seattle), Rodney Rogers (Denver), Randolph Childress (Detroit) and Tim Duncan (San Antonio) while at Wake.

Game Preview

The DePaul Blue Demons (4-3) are continuing a leave of absence from their Allstate Arena home by entering Winston-Salem, North Carolina to match against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-1) on Tuesday night (8:00 PM CST) in Lawrence Joel Veteran Memorial Coliseum.

The men's Blue Demon basketball team should be fresh and hungry for another win after defeating two fairly good teams in their last two games. Last Tuesday DePaul came from behind to beat a UAB team that put DePaul down in the first half with accurate outside shooting. They got some help from the home crowd in the second half, and behind a strong offensive effort from Draelon Burns the Demons managed to surmount a comeback and end the game with a 70-66 home victory.

In their first game of a four game road trip that will take them all the way to California by next Wednesday, the Demons knocked off the Dayton Flyers by a more than respectable seven points (71-64). The numbers indicate freshman center Wilson Chandler is starting to feel comfortable with the pace of college basketball. The Benton Harbor, Michigan forward held the ball after a shot 16 and 10 times in the last two games. That is the new news. The old news: sophomore Draelon Burns is coming into his own, Sammy Mejia can score, and Karron Clarke needs to have an eye kept on him at all times.

Wake Forest is lead by big name Justin Gray (a very fast 6-2 194 lbs. senior guard), who in the last game played by the Deacs notched 22 points, and in the game before that versus Wisconsin 37 points in 37 minutes. For his efforts, Gray took home an ACC Player of the Week award. Wisconsin is now 7-1 having been handed their only loss by Wake Forest.

The Deacs have four players averaging over ten points a game; Gray (19.8), Eric Williams (15.9), Trent Strickland (15.8), and center Kyle Visser (10.5). Each of Williams, Visser, and Strickland rack in over seven boards a game each. DePaul will have to limit the amount of chances these guys have to grab defensive boards, pull in some extra offensive boards, and somehow find a way to stop at best two of these guys from getting to double digit points. They do this and they will have a good shot to win. It is no wonder that this Wake Forest Demon Deacon team is currently ranked #20 and #21 respectively by the AP and (ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll).

Watch for Demon Deacon coach Skip Prosser to use his bench in this contest. Skip has been shuffling in a big mix of forwards and guards including senior forward Chris Ellis (19.4 mpg –not miles per gallon - minutes per game), freshman guard Harvey Hale (22.3), and junior Michael Drum (25.8).

The Deacs have five seniors on their roster, compared to the Demons who have a relatively younger team. Wake has had recent big time tournament experience, and DePaul last year did not share the same fate. Everything calculating and most everyone would pick Wake to win this game. Fans that root for the underdog and like to see upsets, this is a game for you. Surprises happen.

The Deacons have not been practicing recently due to the players having finals (they played their last game on December 3rd). It will be interesting to see how they come out of the tunnel in this one. Check on the Deacon's players legs and faces in the first half to get a feel for their eagerness to play. It is possible that all of the sitting in the class room and the colder weather outside will leave the players a little stiff. It is also possible that with all their time spent focused on school, that all they have to focus on now is basketball.

For DePaul to land back in Chicago with a tally in the win column next to this game, they will have to do enough bucket scoring to snap a 21 Wake home game winning streak, and a more detrimental 28 game home winning streak with non-ACC teams in town.

Though the young season is barely approaching January, this game has some late season tournament implications. All games that feature ACC and Big East teams playing each other will be strongly looked at by the NCAA tournament selection committee. This is not hype. This is true. At the end, those picking will look at each match up that pertains to these two conferences in direct head to head match-ups and in the cases when two teams face a variable equivalency, i.e. indirect wins and losses. This is the first nationally televised game for the Blue Demons and the third for Wake Forest (ESPN).

Seeing as how Wake Forest dropped Wisconsin and the Badgers took down Big East foe Marquette on Saturday, a win for DePaul and the Big East against this stacked ACC squad could prove more than nice to have come February.

Wake Forest Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown High School

0 Chris Ellis Forward 6-9 267 SR Marietta, Ga. Marietta

1 Justin Gray Guard 6-2 194 SR Charlotte, NC Oak Hill {Va.} Academy

2 Shamaine Dukes Guard 6-1 175 FR Cuthbert, GA Randolph-Clay HS

4 Harvey Hale Guard 6-2 186 FR Albuquerque, NM Rio Grande HS

10 John Buck Forward 6-8 201 SR Westbury, N.Y. Long Island Lutheran

11 Cameron Stanley Forward 6-6 214 RS FR Raleigh, NC Millbrook HS

13 Matt Smith Guard 6-2 185 FR Advance, NC Davie County HS

20 Mike Lepore Guard 6-1 165 FR Flemington, NJ Lawrenceville Prep

23 Kevin Swinton Forward 6-7 224 FR Greensboro, NC Dudley HS

31 Eric Williams Center 6-9 280 SR Wake Forest, NC Wake Forest-Rolesville

33 Trent Strickland Guard-Forward 6-5 216 SR East Flat Rock, NC East Henderson HS

34 Michael Drum Forward 6-6 204 JR Rural Hall, NC North Forsyth

44 David Weaver Forward-Center 6-10 224 FR Black Mountain, NC Owen HS

52 Bobby Hoekstra Forward 6-7 225 FR Lewisville, NC Forsyth Country Day

55 Kyle Visser Center 6-11 244 JR Grand Rapids, MI Forest Hills Central HS


Skip Prosser - Head Coach

Jeff Battle - Associate Head Coach

Tim Fuller -

Dino Gaudio - Assistant Coach

Pat Kelsey - Assistant Coach

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